At The Aiken Regional Medical Centers Blog you'll find information you can use to improve your overall health and well-being, and stories about our amazing patients and Healthcare Heroes serving our community.

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A Heart-Healthy Recipe for Salmon

January 31, 2024

Try out this versatile and heart-healthy salmon dish that features a honey-balsamic glaze. 

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Would You Recognize These Warning Signs of Stroke?

January 31, 2024

Here's how to spot a stroke and what to do.

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Here Are 7 Signs You Might Have Heart Failure

January 31, 2024

Don't ignore these common symptoms of this serious heart condition.

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This Is What a Heart Attack Really Feels Like

January 31, 2024

In real life, heart attack symptoms are usually more subtle than what you see in movies.
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A Guide to Easing into Exercise after a Heart Attack

January 31, 2024

Exercise helps you recover after a cardiac event and here are tips to help you do it more safely.

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Is Your Eyesight at Risk?

January 31, 2024

Good eyesight is often taken for granted – until it is lost. A common eye disorder affects many people 50 years and older.

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Minimally Invasive Heart Surgeries Explained

January 31, 2024

Today, minimally invasive techniques can offer reduced scarring, less pain and quicker recovery for those with cardiovascular conditions.

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Weight Gain Isn't Always About Appetite or Willpower

December 29, 2023

If your yearly resolution has to do with reaching a healthy weight, it may be smart to check your thyroid.

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Winter Comfort Food with an Asian Twist

December 29, 2023

Bring the authentic flavors of Chinese cuisine right into your kitchen.

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4 Small New Year’s Resolutions to Inspire Change

December 29, 2023

Broad and big new year resolutions can be hard to stick with. Try these small habit changes that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.

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Do Diabetes Drugs Help You Lose Weight?

December 29, 2023

Here's why drugs originally developed to treat diabetes are being used for weight loss.

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4 Foods That May Help You Lose Weight

December 29, 2023

Stay fuller while eating fewer calories by making these satisfying foods part of your diet.

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7 Good Reasons to Try Dry January

December 29, 2023

This may be the incentive you need to start the new year alcohol-free.

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How to Quit Smoking Gradually

December 29, 2023

Ready to kick your habit? Instead of doing it cold turkey, here are tips to ease into a smoke-free life.

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A Healthy Side Dish for the Holidays

December 5, 2023

You don't have to sacrifice enjoyment when eating healthy.

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6 Ways to Care for Your Skin This Winter

November 30, 2023

Here’s why you should pay extra attention to your body’s first line of defense as temperatures drop.

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Keep Illnesses Away from Your Holiday Gatherings

November 30, 2023

Getting sick slows you down and prevents you from enjoying the festivities. These tips can help you avoid it.

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Watch Out for These Common Injuries During the Holidays

November 30, 2023

Don't let an injury ruin your holiday fun. These tips can help keep you injury-free.

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Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis? How to Tell the Difference

November 30, 2023

Here are similarities and differences between these conditions, as well as common symptoms.

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Your Guide to Healthy Holiday Travel

November 30, 2023

Before you pack your bags, read these tips so you're more likely to stay healthy during your travels.

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'Tis the Season When You're Most Likely to Have a Heart Attack

November 30, 2023

Here's why your heart is more at risk during the holidays, and what you can do to protect it.

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4 Strategies to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

October 24, 2023

A good night’s sleep can set the tone for the day. These factors play a role. 

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How Risky Is Vaping?

October 24, 2023

E-cigarettes and smokeless nicotine were once regarded as a way to avoid lung cancer risk, but there are concerns.

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The Best Time to Exercise If You Have Diabetes

October 24, 2023

All exercise is good if you have diabetes, but here's when it may help the most.

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How to Save 1,000 Calories at Your Thanksgiving Meal

October 24, 2023

The average American consumes over 2,000 calories on Thanksgiving. Here's how to save half those calories!

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The Best Way to Catch Lung Cancer Early

October 24, 2023

If you are a current or former smoker, here's how to protect yourself from lung cancer.

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How to Ease Hip Pain

October 24, 2023

If you have pain, stiffness and inflammation in your hip joint, these tips can help.

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Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Hopeful Stories

October 9, 2023

In their own words, breast cancer survivors are grateful for the care they received at Aiken Regional.

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What Does It Mean to Have Dense Breasts?

September 28, 2023

Those with dense breast tissue are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and other breast-related issues.

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What You Should Know About Diabetes and Sugar

September 28, 2023

A big part of managing diabetes is managing your blood sugar.

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7 Things You'll Notice After Losing Weight

September 28, 2023

More than just the number on the scale will change when you lose weight.

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The Scariest Health Hazards of Halloween

September 28, 2023

This holiday is all about having fun. Here are 5 ways to keep it that way.

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The Do's and Don'ts of Supporting Someone with Mental Illness

September 28, 2023

Not sure what to do if a friend or family member has mental health issues? These tips may help.

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These 10 Foods Help Fight Inflammation

September 28, 2023

Wondering what inflammation-fighting foods to add to your diet? Try these 10 powerhouses.

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Breast Cancer Happens to Men Too, Awareness Is Key

September 25, 2023

Unlike breast cancer in women, survival rates for men’s breast cancer have not significantly improved in the last 30 years.

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ER at Sweetwater Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

August 30, 2023

“Access remains a big issue in our community,” said Merrifield, CEO of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. “We’re looking forward to growing this facility and expanding access points throughout the community.”

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Are You Missing This Sign of Ovarian Cancer?

August 21, 2023

If you often feel full quickly when eating, don't ignore it.

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These 9 Things Make It More Likely You'll Fall

August 21, 2023

Here's how to recognize common fall hazards so you can do something to lower your risk.

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These Are the 3 Most Common Prostate Problems

August 21, 2023

If you're a man, here are three conditions that may affect your prostate as you age.

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Here's Why AFib May Be Especially Dangerous for Women

August 21, 2023

Women need to be aware of this serious heart arrhythmia because early detection is important.

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The Surprising Question That Might Prevent Teen Suicide

August 21, 2023

Today’s generation of teens are at high risk of suicide. Learn what you can do to intervene.

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Understanding the Basics of Epilepsy

August 21, 2023

Learn how to identify, and manage, this neurological condition.
 

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Don't Miss These Signs of Heat-Related Illness

July 28, 2023

Heat-related illnesses can be very serious, so it's important to recognize if they are happening.

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Stay Safe in the Game

July 24, 2023

Don’t let a sport injury keep you off the field this season. Here’s how to be safe before, during and after an activity. 

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4 Frequent Causes of Knee Pain

July 22, 2023

Your knees aren’t getting any younger. Here’s how to keep them in order.
 

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Don't Forget to Schedule These Medical Appointments

July 19, 2023

Now is as good a time as any to get these appointments on your calendar.

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How to Overcome Loneliness

July 19, 2023

If you are lonely, following these 5 tips can help you feel more connected to others.

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Should You Take These Vitamins Every Day?

July 19, 2023

Many people take multivitamins and other supplements daily, but do you need them?

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How to Treat Any Burn

June 28, 2023

Whether from the sun, the grill or a firework, learn what to do or where to go

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure

June 28, 2023

While serious, people can have fulfilling lives with this condition

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Make Restaurant-Quality Salads at Home

June 28, 2023

Save money and calories with these 10 tips for creating salads that taste like a chef made them.

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Is Long COVID Becoming a Chronic Disease?

June 28, 2023

Although poorly understood, some people have symptoms after COVID-19 that don't go away.

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20 Common Causes of Back Pain

June 28, 2023

Is your back hurting? This may be why.

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Protect Your Eyes from These Summer Hazards

June 28, 2023

Keep your eyes free from injury and irritation this season with these tips.

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Your Guide to a Safer Summer

June 8, 2023

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and the most preventable, too.

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The Simplest Way for Men to Improve Their Health

June 8, 2023

Men’s life expectancy is dropping. Their hesitancy to go to the doctor could be a reason why. 

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The Timeline of a Stroke: Onset to Recovery

April 24, 2023

A stroke can cause chaos. Know what to expect from its start to the recovery process.

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Understand Your Allergies

April 24, 2023

Let's dive into the reasons for your pesky itchy eyes and runny noses, and how to avoid them.

How to Tell if Heartburn Is Something More

March 16, 2023

GERD can start out as an annoyance, but can cause serious damage over time. Avoid long-term effects through simple lifestyle changes and possibly treatment.

What a Headache Could Be Telling You

March 16, 2023

It's a broad term for a lot of experiences. Learn how to tell if yours are serious.

Which Colorectal Cancer Test Is Right for You?

February 21, 2023

Various colorectal cancer screening options can make diagnosis and early detection easier for you.

The ABCs of Joint Replacement Surgery

February 21, 2023

Joint replacement surgery sounds so invasive, but what does it really entail? Here's the breakdown.

The Surprising Connection Between Mind and Heart

January 24, 2023

Stress and anxiety could be negatively affecting your heart health AND heart disease can cause stress and anxiety. Here’s how to break the cycle.

What Your Heart Is Telling You

January 23, 2023

Not all heart events are the same. Knowing what makes them different can be the key to surviving them.

RSV: What YOU Need to Know

December 21, 2022

This holiday season, when families gather and the risk of spread is high, be aware of common RSV symptoms, treatments and preventive actions.

The Keys to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

December 21, 2022

The time to build healthy habits is here. Don’t think too hard, we’ve come up with a list of resolutions worth keeping.

Try These Steps to Defuse Holiday Stress

November 3, 2022

Put self-care at the top of your to-do list. Identify when stress is affecting you and how you can manage it.

Stay Safe This Flu Season

November 3, 2022

Don’t miss any of the holiday cheer, avoid the flu this year.

5 Ways Quitting Smoking Can Improve Your Life

October 30, 2022

Sometimes the big health reasons to quit smoking are not enough. These small perks might be the push you need to make the commitment.

Prediabetes Is Common, Often Overlooked, and Dangerous

October 29, 2022

It’s more common than you know. Learn how to avoid it turning into diabetes.

Tis the Season to Be Heart Healthy

October 26, 2022

The holidays can be a tricky time when trying to maintain a healthy heart. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you enjoy the season while keeping your best heart health in check.

Depression and Aging: Know the Facts

September 29, 2022

Depression is the most prevalent mental health problem among older adults and can lead to a decline in physical, mental and social functioning.

Your Breast Cancer Screening Questions Answered

September 28, 2022

Is getting a mammogram at the top of your to-do list? If not, schedule it now. It may save your life!

Staying Fit for Sports and Physical Recreation

September 13, 2022

“I’m dedicated to getting patients at all ability levels back to what they love,” says Jesus A. Castillo, DO, FAOAO, CAQSM, of Aiken Physicians Alliance Orthopedics.

The To-Do Item Men Shouldn't Forget

August 30, 2022

The American Cancer Society estimates 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

The 10-Minute Test That Could Save Your Life

August 29, 2022

When it comes to maintaining heart health, early detection and prevention are key.

The Best Ways to Deal with Back Pain

July 31, 2022

Learn how to address the world’s most common physical disability.

Get Your Kids Off to a Healthy Start This School Year

July 30, 2022

These recommendations can help ensure that your child is ready to learn and perform their best the entire year.

Protect Yourself While Enjoying the Summer Sun

June 9, 2022

Want to protect yourself from skin cancer while enjoying the summer sun? Checkout these timely tips to indulge in the sun safely.

Summer Safety Essentials

June 8, 2022

Paying attention to the most common types of injury can help keep you and your family safe while getting the most out of the warm months ahead.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Mental Health

May 16, 2022

COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on mental health. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, here are ways to identify issues and get help.

9 Essential Screenings for Men

May 16, 2022

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month! Regular check-ups and screenings can help men stay healthy by indicating preventive health needs and catching issues before they become more serious.

Living Life the Way They Want, Despite AFib

May 2, 2022

One survived stroke and the other open-heart surgery. Two patients share how they are living full lives, thanks to the WATCHMAN FLX™ implant device.

Recognition for Our Remarkable Nurses

April 28, 2022

In honor of National Nurses Day on May 6 — and the ensuing National Nurses Week — here are six things to know to help celebrate the incredible nurses in our lives.

5 Ways to Lessen Seasonal Allergies

April 22, 2022

Whether your allergy symptoms are frustrating or debilitating, there are steps you can take to enjoy rather than dread spring.

How to Take Control of Your Neurological Health

March 25, 2022

Knowing the signs of stroke, seizures and more might save a life.

February Is About Love and Heart Disease Awareness

February 18, 2022

Heart disease is a serious health risk for women. Knowing your risk factors, healthy eating and exercise can make a difference.

Joint Replacement – Is It for You?

February 14, 2022

If you suffer from chronic joint pain and medications are no longer working, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

Is Diabetes Putting You at Risk for Chronic Wounds?

February 14, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about ways to address and prevent chronic wounds associated with the disease, such as diabetic foot care. 

REFLECT Honors Loss, Resilience in Face of COVID-19

February 8, 2022

Aiken Regional community event honors survivors and loved ones lost, and offers hope for physical, mental and spiritual well-being as we move forward.

Could You Have Atrial Fibrillation?

January 12, 2022

What to know about this sometimes silent condition.

Heart Attack Symptoms – What’s Different for Men and Women

January 12, 2022

Knowing the signs and symptoms can save your life!

New Doctors, New Locations

January 11, 2022

Aiken Physicians Alliance expands healthcare options for the community.

A Lasting Option for Bladder Control Issues

December 28, 2021

FDA-approved procedure provides minimally invasive treatment for incontinence.

The Pros and Cons of Smoothies and Juicing

December 27, 2021

Ethan Baldridge, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Aiken Regional, shares his insight on a trendy nutrition topic.

PTSD and the Pandemic - What You Should Know

December 27, 2021

Answers for what it is, how to recognize it, and where to find help.

Could You Have Seasonal Depression?

December 16, 2021

Winter blahs and holiday stress have you down? Read more for helpful strategies to lighten your mood.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 16, 2021

Want a fresh start for 2022? Create realistic, reasonable goals to set yourself up for success.

‘We Are Aiken Regional’ Now and in the Future

November 15, 2021

At Aiken Regional Medical Centers, our mission is simple: to strengthen the health of our community through compassionate, quality care.

An MRI for Comfort in a Relaxed Environment

November 5, 2021

“So much thought was put into the patient experience in the design of this tool,” says Josh Tune, RT(R)(CT)(MR), MRI/CT, lead technologist at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

ER at Sweetwater Will Bring Care to a Growing Community

October 28, 2021

“We are committed to meeting the growing healthcare needs of our community,” says Jim O’Loughlin, Chief Executive Officer.

A Proactive Approach to Breast Cancer

October 14, 2021

Self-exams play an important role in detecting breast cancer early.

Fighting Cancer – It Takes A Village

October 7, 2021

With faith, trust and hope, these brave women did not give up when faced with a breast cancer diagnosis. Their stories are simply inspiring.

Annual Breast Cancer Screenings Can Be Life-Saving

September 28, 2021

"A 3D mammogram can detect breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage,” says Jill Enter, MD, of Aiken Surgical Associates.

Help Prevent Suicide

September 21, 2021

Know the signs that someone might be at risk.

Diagnosing and Treating Brain Tumors

August 24, 2021

Neurosurgeon Joshua T. Prickett, DO, shares insight on the multidisciplinary approach used by the neurology team.   

Graduate Nurse Externs Share Their Stories of Success

August 3, 2021

Hear from the first four nursing students who recently graduated from the Aiken Regional Mentoring Consortium Nurse Externship Program as they share their experiences.

Heart Monitoring from the Comfort of Home

May 25, 2021

“It’s very easy to use and comforting to know that my condition is being monitored each and every day,” says patient Patrick Casey of Aiken.

‘I Knocked on Heaven’s Door, and They Turned Me Away’

March 5, 2021

An Aiken resident tells her story of survival and recovery after experiencing a heart attack, thanks to Aiken Regional Medical Centers.

How to Treat and Prevent Migraines

December 10, 2020

More than 36 million Americans suffer from migraines. Learn more about treatment for this disabling condition.

Staying Healthy During Flu Season with COVID-19

November 12, 2020

While each flu season is different, the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza virus that scientists believe will be most common during the upcoming flu season.

No One Fights Alone

October 21, 2020

We Are Living Hope highlights the stories of four courageous women diagnosed with breast cancer and their brave fight for their lives.

A New Approach to Treating Heart Failure

June 12, 2020

New clinic treats acute and chronic heart failure, which can prevent hospital admission and improve quality of life.

Ask the Doctor: Getting the Lowdown on Sepsis

June 10, 2020

Internal Medicine Physician Bhagyashree Shastri, MD, answers frequently asked questions about sepsis and when to get help.

For Life’s Emergencies, Big and Small

June 8, 2020

Internal Medicine Physician Bhagyashree Shastri, MD, answers frequently asked questions about sepsis and when to get help.

A Big 'Thank You' for Supporting Our Team

June 5, 2020

Local organizations, companies and individuals contribute food, supplies and messages of encouragement for our team during the COVID-19 pandemic.